Science, consciousness, and a three-year-old boy

When I was a teenager, the three-year-old boy from next door came visiting with his insatiable curiosity about life.
“Why is there clouds?”
“So it can rain.”
“Why is there rain?”
“Because all these plants are thirsty.”
“But why are they thirsty?”
Etcetera. The why never stopped.

I would have done better with how – I had a thing for science at the time. But even so, science runs out of answers, because it has turned its back on the most fundamental of all forces.


Science is like a boy trying to light a fire. Up until mid-nineteenth century the boy had only one piece of kindling – the fundamental force of gravity. Then the boy found the electromagnetic force, and after that the strong and weak nuclear forces.  Four pieces. So, science improved its ability to describe how the fire (the universe) should work.

But still no fire. It’s missing something. The world’s most famous living physicist, Stephen Hawking agrees. He says, “What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe?”

It’s consciousness.

Consciousness is the breath that generates the four fundamental forces and every object in the universe. All humans, animals, birds, plants, minerals and even the air molecules that passes through your lungs are a projection of consciousness and have their own levels of awareness.

Consciousness is the breath that maintains the shape of your body, taking in elements of the earth to make new cells, replace the old and returning their elements to the earth. You replace your entire body at least once every two years, until you lay it down and move on.

Consciousness is the breath science must use if it wants to throw a full light on the universe. So far it has refused, because the great drama of consciousness is subjective.  But then the whole universe is literally a subjective experience. There is no objective universe to discover.

When science folds consciousness into its view of the universe, it will grow. It will know the why of existence as well as the how. Then – maybe – it will tackle the Five Universal Truths of existence.